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Plan for 10,000 homes announced in Limerick ‘gateway’ project

A major plan to construct thousands of homes on over 100 acres of State-owned land in Limerick city with Colbert rail station as a central transport hub will be published on Wednesday.

The plan, spearheaded by the Land Development Agency, would see thousands of jobs created in the construction of homes and amenities on lands owned by CIÉ, Limerick City and County Council, the Health Service Executive, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice.

An illustrations from the plans to redevelop Colbert Station Quarter in Limerick.
An illustrations from the plans to redevelop Colbert Station Quarter in Limerick.

The first phase of a three-phase plan, to construct 400 homes by 2023 on 16.5ha of council-owned lands, “has already received a €6 million grant from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage”, according to the plan, A Vision for Colbert Station Quarter, Limerick.

It aims to “open up underutilised lands” and create a “new gateway” to Limerick, focuses on developing cycling, pedestrianisation and “reducing the dominance of the car”.

This should be done via “a network of connected parkland and greenway recreational areas” with Colbert rail station as the focal point, it says.

Five internationally recognised architects and urban designers have contributed to the 35-page aspirational report.

Grafton Architects proposes a “key focus” on developing housing for in the region of 9,585 people in 3,195 residential units, with buildings ranging in height from three to nine storeys.

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